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Ukraine Parliamentary Elections Focus of Helsinki Commission Briefing

Washington – The United States Helsinki Commission will host a briefing on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

Ukraine Parliamentary Elections
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
340 Cannon House Office Building

Ukraine will hold parliamentary elections on March 31, 2002. This election, which has generated considerable interest in the United States and Europe, will be an important indication as to whether Ukraine moves forward rather than backslides on the path of democratic development.

Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Commissioner Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) recently introduced identical resolutions in the Senate and House of Representatives urging the Government of Ukraine to ensure a democratic, transparent, and fair election process leading up to the elections. Panelists:

Ambassador William Green Miller, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Ambassador Nelson Ledsky, Regional Director, Eurasia, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Stephen B. Nix, Esq., Regional Program Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute (IRI)

Ambassador Miller and Mr. Nix have recently returned from Ukraine where they participated in delegations to assess the pre-election atmosphere.

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

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